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  1. atheistjack:

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  3. Samuel Wilson & Tony Gill on Religion and Euvoluntary Exchange [podcast]

    Evolutionary Biologist David Sloan Wilson on a Darwinian Theory of Religion
     
     
  4. msnnews:

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a “slave.” (Read more.)

    msnnews:

    Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a “slave.” (Read more.)

     
     
  5. Selfie: Barrack Obama & Joe Biden 2014

     
     
  6. How Chinese Spies Are Recruiting American Students Abroad [video]

    The “Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story” video dramatizes the incremental steps taken by intelligence officers to recruit Shriver and convince him to apply for jobs with the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.
     
     
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    Putin Then And Now [podcast 51 minutes]
    Before he built the vertical, he built a team of like-minded cronies. Before he saved Russia from the chaos of the wild ’90s, he manipulated that very chaos to advance his power and influence. And before he became the “gatherer of the Russian lands,” he gathered a fortune for himself and his inner circle.
    Before the Kremlin, before the oil boom, before Russia Inc., before the Georgia war and the Crimea annexation, there was the Ozero Dacha Cooperative — a group of influential St. Petersburg politicians and businessmen centered around the city’s deputy mayor, Vladimir Putin.
    And if you were doing business in St. Petersburg in the 1990s, there was one iron-clad rule: Putin was the man to know. But what does the Putin of two decades ago tell us about the man today?
    Download the podcast
    http://realaudio.rferl.org/ENGL/2014/04/12/e4eee8a2-7763-44a9-98ab-b9adc719f383.mp3

     
     
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    Russia’s Looming Tatar Problem [podcast 51 minutes]
    Russia’s largest ethnic minority just got larger.
    With Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, hundreds of thousands of Tatars have suddenly become reluctant Russian citizens. They aren’t happy and they’re getting feisty — rejecting Russia’s overtures and pushing for their own referendum on autonomy.
    And Russia’s looming Crimean Tatar problem comes at a time when Moscow’s relations with its existing 5 million-strong Tatar minority are becoming increasingly tense.
    The Kremlin is celebrating its annexation of Crimea as a patriotic victory and evidence of Russia’s revival. But will it come at the cost of yet another ethnic conflict?
    Download the file:
    http://realaudio.rferl.org/ENGL/2014/04/04/586c7b5d-378e-474d-9f34-66dd7cc44c37.mp3

     
     
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    Vladimir Putin is an Autocrat Man [podcast 51 minutes]
    It’s been called a “sovereign democracy,” a “managed democracy” and an oligarchy.
    But with Vladimir Putin’s decision to annex Crimea and the nationalistic fervor and hunt for traitors that followed, an increasing number of Kremlin-watchers now say Russia becoming something simpler and cruder: a good old-fashioned autocracy.
    It has long been assumed that Putin was the front man and decider-in-chief for an informal collective leadership — the “collecticve Putin,” if you will.
    But with Western sanctions poised to hit key members of Putin’s inner sanctum hard, and reports that much of the elite was dismayed by the annexation of Crimea, it increasingly looks like Putin is turning into an autocratic ruler who is no longer restrained by his court.
    Is the collective Putin becoming less collective? And if so, what are the implications?
    Download the file:
    http://realaudio.rferl.org/ENGL/2014/03/28/eec565d4-247b-4e58-be0f-517987b15b34.mp3

     
     
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    Crimea:Tactical Victory. Strategic Defeat? [podcast 51 minutes]
    Russian state television called it historic and a pivotal event, and in many ways it was.
    Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which was formalized this week, was the first such territorial seizure in Europe since World War II. It also sent a signal that the Kremlin no longer intended to play by the rules that have governed international affairs for decades.
    But Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech may also turn out to be pivotal and historic in ways the Kremlin leader did not intend. In resetting Russia’s domestic political agenda with a wave of anti-Western nationalism, he may have also unleashed forces he may not be able to control.
    The past week will certainly go down in Russian history as a watershed. But the question looms, how?
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    http://realaudio.rferl.org/ENGL/2014/03/21/bb5d6bbc-1564-493e-b9d0-1564165fd53a.mp3

     
     
  12. Capital Exodus From Russia [video]